The ‘Run For Vision’ was organised under the aegis of Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank
Hundreds of school students, teachers, members of social organisations, eminent personalities of the State, including Governor Droupadi Murmu and Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi, today witnessed the first ever “Blindfolded Run” organised in the State. The 14th Run For Vision was organised under the aegis of Eye Donation Awareness Club and Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank here at Mega Sports Complex, Khelgaon on Sunday.
The run was inaugurated by Governor Droupadi Murmu and Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi by releasing colourful balloons in the sky. Secretary of Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Department manish Ranjan welcomed the gathering and exhorted the youths for eye donation.
Medical Director of Kashyap memorial Eye Bank, Dr Bharti Kashyap said on the occasion that for the past 14 years Run for Vision is being organised during the Eye Donation Fortnight and this time the theme of the run is Blindfolded Run because this helps establish a psychological connect with the problem with people suffering from blindness.
“We have received 28 cornea as donation and 5 cornea from national Eye Bank Cornea Distribution System. We have thus transplanted 33 cornea this year and the most satisfying thing is that we succeeded in treating blind school kids and they are now reading without Braille system,” she said.
Governor Droupadi Murmu and Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi felicitated 14 eye donors’ family members on the occasion and gave spectacles to Vicky Kumar Mahto and Geeta Mahto of St Michael’s Blind School, who will now read without Braille system. The Governor gave spectacles to 16 kids of the Blind school to the school principal. Mayor Asha Lakra, Deputy ,ayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya, Khadi Board Chairman Sanjay Seth and Sports department Secretary Manish Ranjan felicitated the winners of Run For Vision and painting competition held at Oxford School.
Several members and officials of social organisations, Eye Donation Awareness Club and business establishments were also felicitated on the occasion.
Addressing the fathering the Governor said that the work being done by KMEB was a noble one. Expressing gratitude towards the eye donors and their family members she said that it for this reason she has come for the third time in Run for Vision. “If we want a developed nation we will have to understand the value of eye donation. We need to spread awareness for the purpose and then only we can make a strong nation,” she said.
Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi said that by the efforts of the Kashyap couple more than 15,000 people have expressed willingness to donate their eyes and 502 people have already donated their eyes after death.
Founder Director of the Kashyap memorial Eye Hospital Dr BP Kashyap delivered the vote of thanks and encouraged everyone to spread more awareness for eye donation. He thanked the people present, especially youths to make the programme a huge success.